The Vector Biology program encompasses the study of the vectors responsible for disease transmission and how to prevent or combat vector-borne diseases, and medical parasitology, the study of parasitic diseases such as those caused by protozoa, like malaria, or those caused by helminths, such as lymphatic filariasis. Both concentrations (vector-borne diseases and parasitology) in this program are studied in a public health context.

This PhD degree program involves both didactic and research experience in the principal subspecialties of Medical Zoology, and is primarily designed for individuals interested in Medical Parasitology or Vector Biology, including Arthropod-borne disease prevention and control in a Population or Global Health context. Specific goals for this PhD degree program are to develop independent scholarship, originality, and competence in research, teaching, and professional service including a practice in Global Health.

This program is designed for outstanding students with a strong commitment to careers in Medical Parasitology and/or Vector Biology. Within the PhD program, an individualized course of study is designed for each graduate student to meet his or her specific professional goals. Matriculants should have a Master's degree in an appropriate field of biology. Only under the most exceptional circumstances will individuals with only a Baccalaureate degree be considered for admission to the program.


Program Highlights

Students have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research that spans numerous possibilities: basic science, clinical research, global health, etc. Particular focus areas relevant to military medicine include traumatic brain injury, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, emerging infectious and neglected tropical diseases, combat casualty care, substance abuse, genomics and precision medicine.

Graduate Research

Faculty in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics have years of experience in areas such as force health protection, epidemiologic surveillance using DoD systems, field epidemiology, and an understanding of the unique population that includes Active Duty service members, Guard and Reserve, family members, and retirees, giving students a unique perspective on Preventive Medicine before leaving the classroom.

Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics